Jack White
Lazaretto


4.0
excellent

Review

by JKennedy USER (2 Reviews)
July 1st, 2014 | 13 replies


Release Date: 06/10/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Jack White: the last hope for blues?

I want to start this off by saying, go easy on me this is my first review! I was a fan of The White Stripes while growing up so have been a Jack White fan ever since. When Blunderbuss came out I was hooked on songs such as “I’m Shakin” and “Sixteen Saltines”. I thought the album was really good but didn’t age well. I am hoping Lazaretto is different and so far so good. I actually do enjoy this album more than I enjoyed Blunderbuss. As other reviewers have mentioned it’s awesome to hear artists/bands that haven’t forgotten their roots. Blues music has been around since the end of the 19th century and was a staple in music for the majority of the 20th century, but now a days hearing blues music is very rare. This is where the likes of Jack White, and his arch-rivals The Black Keys, come to save the day.

Lazaretto starts off with a track that feels like something off of blues CD from Muddy Waters or Buddy Guy. “Three Women” has the blues feel to it with lyrics to match about Jack having women in Detroit, California, and Nashville. One of the greatest things about this album in my opinion is his use of numerous instruments. Just in the first song you hear the organ, slide guitar, piano, and his guitar rocking it. Lordy, Lord is right Jack. 5/5

The second track is another killer and the title track on the album. Lazaretto is one of my favorites on this CD, it combines White’s classic squealing guitar with blues and what sounds like an influence from the hip hop community. It takes only about a minute and a half until White is taking over the track with one of many memorable solos. 5/5

The third track “Temporary Ground” is a country track with Lillie Mae Rische on the fiddle (another instrument) and singing backup. This song is a clear change of pace from the first two much faster/powerful songs. At first listen I didn’t enjoy it much but after a few listens it has grown on me. 4/5

The fourth track “Would You Fight for My Love” may be my favorite on the whole CD. It starts off slow, but becomes a very upbeat song with heavy use of the piano. It packs power with not only the piano but with the numerous great guitar segments. The lyrics in this one are clearly emotional and sound like a song about an ex-lover. 5/5

The fifth track is “High Ball Stepper”, an instrumental that White rocks. It runs a tad long in my opinion at nearly four minutes but awesome use of his abilities throughout. 4/5

The sixth track is “Just One Drink” which sounds like a B-Side from a Rolling Stones CD. When I first heard it I actually envisioned Mick Jagger and Keith Richards rocking this song back in the day. Pretty short track that doesn’t really seem like it fits on this album. I do enjoy this song and think it’s cool that White shows he isn’t a one-trick pony but just has a weird feeling on this part of the CD. 4/5

The seventh track is “Alone in my Home”; we are at the part of the album where White slows down a tad. Again another emotional song that has a folky feel to it. Another card up his sleeve per say. 3.5/5

The eighth track is “Entitlement”; this is most likely my least favorite song on the album. Very slow, little boring, good lyrics save it from being a complete waste. 3.0/5

The ninth track is “That Black Bat Licorice”, and just like that the album again has picked up speed. ‘Black Bat’ is the, for lack of a better word, funkiest track on this album. Its fast, it’s loud, and it’s hectic. This track packed a punch the first listen and is one of my favorites. “I spit it out, whatever’s in my mouth” 4.5/5

The tenth track is “I think I found the Culprit” which sounds more like White’s material with the White Stripes. Piano and acoustic guitar are the staples on this song. 3.5/5

The final track is “Want and Able”; much like “Entitlement” this track isn’t one of the better on the CD. Kind of slow and incorporates a very lazy guitar in the background. 3/5

I have always thought the point of a review is to not only get clarity on your opinion but to see what others think. I initially rated this album a 4.5/5 but after this review I have lowered it to a 4/5 so I think I have more clarity in terms of what I think of this album. It’s still a very solid album and one I would highly recommend to anyone that likes blues music and rock n roll. Is it possible Jack White is the last hope for the blues genre? I think so.


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krthll1 (3)
Jack White continues his blues phase, but something is still missing even on the second attempt....

AaronBatt (4)
"I'm so Detroit, I make it rise from the ashes"...

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Comments:Add a Comment 
BMDrummer
July 1st 2014


7688 Comments


Please don't do track by track reviews

Digging: Shellac - Dude Incredible

Feather
July 1st 2014


1317 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good review for a first one. Avoid track by tracks, no one uses/likes that style on this site.

JKennedy
July 1st 2014


31 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

BMDrummer - will do in the future

Feather - thanks for the props, ya I wasn't sure have seen it both ways on here. Doin it track by track actually helped me lower my rating from a 4.5 to a 4.

Torontonian
July 1st 2014


925 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

i thought the second half of this was really boring. the first half is great though.

Digging: Stanley Clarke - Stanley Clarke

SharkTooth
July 1st 2014


4533 Comments


"now a days hearing blues music is very rare."
Trophy Scars-Holy Vacants
Casualties Of Cool-Casualties Of Cool

both are fantastic blues albums released this very year.

Digging: King Hobo - King Hobo

Feather
July 1st 2014


1317 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

JKen: Its a fine review especially seeing how new to the sight you are. Based on what Ive seen, old reviews (circa 2005) were frequently track by tracks. Within the last 4 years or so I have been on the site, I have always seen people shy away from track by tracks.

JKennedy
July 1st 2014


31 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Sharktooth I will def check those out later today, thanks for the recommendation!

JKennedy
July 1st 2014


31 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

@Torontonian, I kind of agree if you read my review, Tracks 7-11 I only list 1 track above a 4.

danielcardoso
July 1st 2014


2251 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It's a good review, considering that it's your first on Sputnik. As other people have already said, try not to write track-by-track reviews. Try to focus more on how the album sounds as a whole, it's bound to me more informative to people who don't know the album you're reviewing. Since this is your first review, and it's actually not bad at all, I pos'd it.

JKennedy
July 1st 2014


31 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Thanks Daniel! I appreciate it. I'm not sure what I will review next but I will just do the album as a whole.

alabasterjones
July 10th 2014


62 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I like almost everything the dude has done besides this record. but if Jack is the last the hope for the blues, we can start digging the blues' grave now

SharkTooth
July 10th 2014


4533 Comments


JKennedy, did you check out the albums I recommended you yet?

JKennedy
July 14th 2014


31 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

SharkTooth -- I haven't had a chance yet, been busy with work.

I will give both albums a listen sometime this week at work though.



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